The Heartbreakers: The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1 by Ali Novak

The Heartbreakers: The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1 by Ali Novak

Allow me to introduce a new YA romance story, a Rock and Roll story from Ali Novak, The Heartbreakers, the first book in The Heartbreaker Chronicles.  In addition, there is a note from the aiuthor, an excerpt from the book AND a giveaway where you could win a $100 iTunes Gift card for your own rock and roll mood music.

Book Review:

The first in a new series, Ali Novak’s The Heartbreakers is a rock and roll (pop star really) romance with a few twists: mostly the themes of family and friendship that build a solid backbone into each of the female characters.

Oh yes, there is insta-love, even if the relationship has several ups and downs, and there is plenty of angst and drama. It’s YA – that is a given. What I didn’t expect is despite Stella’s rather elitist view of the world, she was determined to do anything for her sister Cara, even subjecting herself to music and a band she cannot stand…just to see her sister smile.

See, Cara has cancer, and is terminal: despite that, she is the MOST upbeat and cheerful of the triplets.  Yes, they are triplets, Stella, Cara and Drew, and this bond and interactions between the three becomes a solid character in itself: their scenes are wonderful and amusing, with a solid sense of family and support.

Now, despite the eyeroll worthy coincidences that form the background of the romance the story is actually quite engaging, with a surprisingly optimistic outlook. Cara is a wonderful character with a great personality despite her diagnosis, she wants to LIVE in the moment, and grab every bit of joy she can. With the focus on friendships, support and family, the story has multiple connections that wind together nicely, as both the actual family (Stella’s) and the band family all merge together in a wonderful example of support and caring.

With the insta-love, it takes some time to truly fall into the romance, and while I did enjoy Oliver and Stella as a couple, for me it was a far better story for the friendships and family ties. A great light summer read, perfect for an escape.

The Heartbreakers: The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1 by Ali Novak

Title: The Heartbreakers
Author: Ali Novak
Series: The Heartbreaker Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published by: Sourcebooks Fire
ISBN: 1492612561
Published on: 4 August, 2015
Format:eARC
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Pages: 336
Rated: three-stars
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"When I met Oliver Perry, I had no clue he was the lead singer for The Heartbreakers. Unbeknownst to him, I was the only girl in the world who hated his music."

Stella will do anything for her sister—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD... for three hours. At least she met a cute boy at the Starbucks beforehand. A blue-eyed boy who looks an awful lot like...Oliver Perry. Of course Starbucks guy is the lead singer for her least favorite band. Thanks, universe. But there may be more to Oliver than his world-famous charm, because even after she insults his music—to his face—he still gives her his number. Seriously, what is her life?

But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver—dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band—when her sister could be dying of cancer?

A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

 

Message From the Author

Hello all you lovely readers!

First and foremost, I’d like to thank you for taking an interest in my latest YA novel The Heartbreakers. For those of you who don’t know, this story was originally posted on the online reading and writing platform Wattpad, and to date, the rough draft manuscript has been read more than 40 million times. I began working on this project in February of 2012, back when One Direction was starting to gain popularity in the United States. Fan fiction stories about 1D began popping up all over the website, so I decided to go against the grain and write a book about a fictional band instead of the real one, and that’s how the Heartbreakers were born!

The first band member I created was Oliver Perry, the lead singer. Like most successful, good-looking teen heartthrobs, he can be a bit cocky, but underneath all that confidence, he’s a HUGE softie. Next is JJ Morris, the band’s drummer. I enjoy writing goofball characters, and JJ fits that description to a T—he’s always cracking (oftentimes perverted) jokes. To balance out JJ’s outgoing personality, there’s Alec Williams. He’s the mysterious, reserved bass player for the group, and although he doesn’t talk much, he’s incredibly loyal. And last but not least, we have Xander Jones, who is lead guitarist for the Heartbreakers and everyone’s best friend.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoy my boys’ story!

xoxo,

Ali

 

BS Excerpt Inset

 “Do you ever miss it?” I asked, trying to distract myself again. My breathing hitched, and I hoped he hadn’t noticed.“Miss what?”

“I don’t know, like, before everything?”

“You mean my anonymity? Sure.” Something in Oliver’s voice sounded off, and I craned my neck to look up at him. He was staring past me, deep in thought, and then a scowl crossed his face. “But I would never go back. Ever,” he added fiercely.

The skin covering his knuckles turned white as he tightened his fist, and I bit my lip, not sure what to say. I didn’t think he was mad at me, but something had upset him.

“Sorry,” I told him. “I didn’t mean to pry.”

“No worries,” he said, sounding much softer than before.

But Oliver seemed to be done talking, because he turned his attention back to the movie, and without our conversation, my nerves crept back up. I realized I was holding my breath when he started moving his thumb in small circles on my arm. For some reason I found the sensation calming, and bit by bit, my breathing returned to normal and I nestled down into his side. Just as I finally relaxed and turned my attention to the movie, Oliver chuckled and I felt him shake beneath me. Tilting my head back a few inches, I looked up at him through my lashes. There was a dusting of pink on his cheeks, and his eyes shinned as he laughed.

He must have felt my gaze, because his eyes snapped down and found mine. His lips slowly parted as he stared down at me, and my whole body flooded with warmth. Someone was shouting something crazy onscreen, but I was too preoccupied with Oliver to turn toward the TV. The way he was looking at me made me want to press my body further up against him, and the thought made me blush. Embarrassed by my own thoughts, I suddenly had the need to look away, to focus on anything but him, but as I turned, Oliver gently grabbed my chin. He held my head in place until I made eye contact, and then, once he knew I was watching, he dipped his head and brushed his lips against mine.

 

 

About Ali Novak

Ali Novak writes contemporary young adult romance and is a recent graduate of the University of Madison Wisconsin's creative writing program. She wrote her first full length novel, My Life with the Walter Boys, at the age of fifteen. Since posting the story online, it has received more than 33 million reads and is now published by Sourcebooks Fire.

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